Ombersley in the 70s Revisited Full Circle Film Screening: With the building of a NEW Bypass & The Queens Silver Jubilee Celebrations the 1970s proved to be a busy time for the Worcs village of Ombersley.


Sytchampton Village Hall. Photo by Roy Murphy.

On Saturday 31st March, I @luciekerley was invited to attend Sytchampton Village Hall for a film screening of a recently digitised cinefilm entitled: “Ombersley in the 70s”. 

MACE Full Circle Curator – Lucie Kerley addressing the audience at an Ombersley in the 70s Full Circle Film Screening at Sytchampton Village Hall. Photo by Roy Murphy.

Arthur and Mike Turner – Film makers and members of Ombersley Dramatic Society.

The event was attended by a local audience of around 100 people who enjoyed the 2 hour film screening plus interval for a nostalgic natter with tea and biscuit style refreshments!The film was originally shot by Mike and Arthur Turner over 40 years ago and has been digitised by the Media Archive for Central England‘s Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project after a film search event was launched by Roy Murphy of the Droitwich History and Archaeology Society. The aim of the Full Circle Project is to connect Midlands communities with their on screen heritage, and this is exactly what this event was all about!

Mike and Arthur took turns to do a live running commentary over to films, using the original notes and a background music, which really brought them to life!

Kindly organised by the Ombersley Dramatic Society , it allowed members of the local community a chance to revisit life in the 70s and all that it meant to their local area.

A new Bypass!

Ombersley Bypass 2012.

1970s Ombersley Bypass Grand Opening saw a procession of Vintage Cars lead the way to a traffic free future.

Silver Jubilee Celebrations! 

 A booming local village with a real sense of community spirit!

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.
Web: www.macearchive.org

Photography © Lucie Kerley

Full Circle Archive Film Screening 31.03.12 Sytchampton Village Hall to show digitised Droitwich/ Ombersley archive cine film finds to local community.


MACE Full Circle Curator – Lucie Kerley shakes hands with Depositor Mike Turner as he hands over his cinefilm to be digitised and preserved by MACE.

A good while back I met Mike Turner of Ombersley at a Droitwich History & Archaeology Society meeting; when I first went along to talk about MACE’s Full Circle Community Film Search Project.

Mike had brought along a selection of cinefilms which he had shot some 40 + years ago. With help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, MACE was able to digitise this material – just one of 200 collections found during the Full Circle Project’s search for film, which are now going to be shown by  Ombersley Dramatic Society at Sytchampton Village Hall, Worcestershire. DY13 9SY on 31 March commencing at 7.30. pm.

Tickets can be obtained from Mike Turner, 01905 620757.

Other titles from Mike Turner’s Collection include:

“The combining of the Parishes of Ombersley and Doverdale in 1973 created one of the largest parishes in Worcestershire. The Parish extends from Crossway Green in the north to Hawford in the south and from east to west from the River Salwarpe to the River Severn. There is excellent farmland with two-thirds approximately devoted to arable crops and one-third pasture for livestock. The soil is similar to that of the Vale of Evesham.

“The village has a rich heritage of half-timbered houses built between 1450 and 1750, mostly within a short distance of the roundabout at the centre of the village. Within the village centre are 22 listed buildings, mainly black and white timbered buildings each unique in style and endowed with considerable charm. The availability of timber explains the concentration of so many timbered buildings in the village. Whilst most are now in use as private residences, some have had a colourful chequered history linked to a time when the village provided all basic services for residents. Many were occupied by a range of businesses including police houses, post offices, public houses, forges, shops, cafes and restaurants.

Villagers have a keen awareness of this historical heritage. There were expressions of sadness and regret when building of the A449, Worcester to Kidderminster trunk necessitated the demolition of buildings. Yet this bypass, with increasing motorised traffic, has contributed to ensuring the fabric of the village is preserved.

An opportunity for villagers to step back in time and to visit Ombersley’s recent past will be the showing of a collection of films taken in the 1970’s illustrating contemporary Ombersley. Films of that era have been digitised by Media Archive for Central England and show construction of the A449, the machines in use at that time and construction workers in their labours. Adult members of the audience may recognise themselves as children at play and performing in shows at the Memorial Hall. The programme is to be presented by Ombersley Dramatic Society at Sytchampton Village Hall on 31 March commencing at 7.30. pm. Tickets can be obtained from Mike Turner, 01905 620757.”

Written by Roy Murphy for The Parish of Ombersley and Doverdale Newsletter.

Opposite the car park of the Crown and Sandys is the 16th or 17th century Pewterer’s House. This originated in Bewdley and was re-erected in 1841 and eventually divided to form two cottages.

Cresswells, a ‘cruck house’ located alongside the roundabout was built before 1500. In 1926 the first petrol station in Ombersley was installed a few yards to the north of Cresswells.

If you have any old films, cine or tape or moving image materials relating to the Midlands region and would like to know how to look after them, please get in touch with us at MACE (Media Archive for Central England) to learn how to preserve them for future generations for years to come.
Web: www.macearchive.org

Happy 1st Birthday Full Circle Project!!


Sharon & John Naylor were the first people to deposit their father, Fred Naylor's, cinefilm collection with the Full Circle Project

After only 12 months working on MACE’s Heritage Lottery Funded Full Circle Project we have successfully exceeded the project’s target of engaging 60 communities from across the Midlands.

Amblecote History Society call out for hidden film gems in local community Newspaper

We currently have 70 organisations involved in the project, carrying out film searches, screenings and publicity events and raising awareness of the heritage value of film.

So far we have enlisted the help of over 250 fantastic volunteers who have helped in our search for film. We have reached over 2300 people at our screening events that have taken place over the past 12 months with lots more group activities & events planned throughout 2011.

Full Circle volunteers bake cakes for local history society’s film screening

We have reached the amazing total of 115 people depositing film with the MACE archive, amounting to over 900 reels of film. Some of the depositors collections consist of 1 reel while our largest collection consists of 111 reels of film.

Diana Smith and Roger Dale visit MACE to deposit their father, Frank Dale's, cinefilm collection

A selection of films from the Frank Dale collection

Without the grant from the Heritage Lottery to employ and support the project staff, this could not have happened. MACE’s Full Circle Cataloguer, Catherine English, has been working closely with depositors and groups to glean as much information about the collections as possible in order to contextualise the films ready for sharing with people on the online catalogue.

MACE’s Full Circle Cataloguer, Catherine English

Full Circle Technician, Andrew Jenkins, has been busy digitising the old footage into a new accessible format. Andrew and the MACE team are constantly improving the transfer process to get the best possible copy from the material so that the original can be preserved in archival conditions at MACE.

Full Circle Project InformationAudience members at Belbroughton Primary School's Saturday Full Circle Screening event eagerly await the showing of local archive films.

Mr & Mrs Every at the Full Circle Screening event at Belbroughton Primary School

Bill Every and his wife were also in attendance to sit back and reminisce as a selection of films from their own collection was shown at the Belbroughton screening.

By the end of the project in 2013, we will have generated more activity, engaged more volunteers, involved more schools, held more events and uncovered more remarkable material illuminating our community heritage than any of the targets we set ourselves in the project.

A film still from the John Instance Collection of a Police march through Selly Park

Having created publicity packs and toolkits we work in the community with local groups supporting the local film search activity and passing on the knowledge and skills required to help to assess and work with the material.

By continuing to help to arrange local screenings of footage found or its use in local schools, the project enables people to engage with and enjoy their screen heritage and this engagement is already beginning to generate new activity and spin off projects.

Cannon Hill Park Full Circle Group hold a screening of local archive film at their Spring FestivalFull Circle Depositor Keith Hogkins brings his Tipton cinefilm collection with him to the Full Circle film Screening event at The Public

We are currently working with the Nottinghamshire YMCA Century of Youth Project http://www.ymcadigital.com – a new film project exploring the lives of young people in the East Midlands over the last 100 years, BBC Reel History Project, Wolverhampton Archives, The Ring of Villages Centenary Project, Kings Norton Girls School Centenary, Leamington Spa Museum & Art Gallery and many many more – helping them to discover their screen heritage.

Full Circle and YMCA Century of Youth Film project - preparing to interview older members of the community

Stills taken from a film of Radford Semele, near Leamington SpaRadford Semele film

Full Circle Depositor Joanne Probert was delighted to have her cinefilm collection digitised by MACE's Full Circle Project and has now shared the results with her daughters family in Australia.

The project blog https://macearchive.wordpress.com/  (and Twitter) have been really successful in putting disparate groups in contact with each other, sharing information, good practice and successes so far. The engagement of the BBC and the broadcast of some of the material found in the project has generated further activity and comment.

Tipton Harriers Centenary Celebration Full Circle Screening EventThe Tipton Harriers on film

Finally, have a look at some of the clips that are now available to watch on http://www.macearchive.org from the fabulous selection of home-movies found by Full Circle so far. http://www.macearchive.org/Archive/Title/bruckshaw-glossop-carnival/MediaEntry/40725.html

For more information on how you can get involved with the Full Circle Project check out:

http://www.macearchive.org/Full-Circle.html

A big thank you to all involved from Kay and Lucie.

May the search go on!

Plough to Plate Gallery at Worcestershire County Museum


The Worcestershire Country Museum opened the fourth of its new galleries, Plough to Plate,  on 17th October to coincide with their Country Festival event, and we have provided a series of films on agriculture that can be seen by visitors on a specially produced DVD.

Dairy making tools on display at the Plough to Plate gallery

The museum has been undergoing redevelopment of all its permanent galleries with a view to making the exhibitions more relevant to their visitors by using themes about the county of Worcestershire.  Plough to Plate is based on the agriculture of the county, before mechanisation. 

The gallery is called Plough to Plate as it begins with a ploughman’s lunch. Each piece of food on the plate relates to a different type of farming or growing in Worcestershire:

Bread → Arable farming

Apple → Orchard fruits

Salad →  Market gardening

Butter and Cheese →Dairy farming

Flagon of Beer → Hop Growing.

Each type of food has a small area in the gallery where it is investigated further. There are lots of objects in the gallery and plenty of interactive elements  so that visitors can get  involved.  For example you can turn the butter churn, make jigsaws and discover the meaning of Worcestershire agricultural words, smell the smells of a hop yard, and listen to audios of  local people talking about their experience of farm work before and during mechanisation.

Market Gardening area of the Plough to Plate gallery

As part of the gallery, visitors can watch an 8 minute film featuring some of the  areas of farming and growing on display in the gallery. You can also watch some of these films online. Click the links below to view:

Midlands News: 20.09.1962: Hop Picking

ATV Today: 29.9.1965: Hop Picking

ATV Today: 26.05.1965: Asparagus Farming

Midlands News: 02.11.1967: Horse Ploughing

For more information on Worcestershire County Museum, visit their official website here

Full Circle Project Helps Dig up the past at Droitwich History & Archaeology Society Meeting


Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa. Photo taken by Roy Murphy.

Last Wednesday evening, I was invited to speak about The Full Circle Project at a meeting with members of The Droitwich History & Archaeology Society by Chairman Roy Murphy. Members were also treated to a talk by Adam from The Wyre Forest LiDar Project (Light Detection & Ranging) which is also being funded by The Heritage Lottery. http://www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/infd-7cdj9u 

Scientists from the Forestry Commission’s Forest Research agency have teamed up with the Worcestershire Historic Environment & Archaeology Service, as partners in the Grow with Wyre scheme. “We are using innovative aerial survey techniques, known as LiDAR (Light, Detection & Ranging).  LiDAR uses pulses of harmless laser energy beamed down from aircraft flying about 1000 metres (3300 feet) up.” It was a fascinating talk that enabled people to see how the history of the landscape has evolved over time.

The Droitwich History and Archaeology Society have recently joined the Full Circle search for Midlands related home-movies, film and moving image materials in their area.

Roy also put an appeal for finding film in the Droitwich History & Archaeology Society and the Ombersley and Doverdale Today Newsletters, and from these a couple of people came forward with their film collections.

The first collection was from Michael Turner, of Ombersley, whose Super 8mm cinefilm collection includes footage from the early 1970’s of the building of the Ombersley Bypass and also footage of the Silver Jubilee Celebrations in July 1977. There is also a film which he created for the Ombersley Dramatics Society http://www.ombersleydram.co.uk/ which is in three parts. We look forward to digitising the material,  Michael’s original films will then be held in environmentally controlled storage conditions at MACE and viewing copies will be made so that it can be enjoyed again by both Michael and Members of the Dramatics Society and the rest of the Ombersley and Droitwich Spa communities.

The Michael Turner Collection. Michael Turner deposits his cinefilm collection with Full Circle Project Curator: Lucie Kerley. Photo taken by Roy Murphy.

 

I asked Roy to write a bit of information about his group and the work they do.

“Droitwich History and Archaeology Society (DHAS) is a small society based on the spa town of Droitwich, Worcestershire. The Society meets during the first Wednesday of each month except August in the Community Centre and is addressed by a speaker who presents a topic of local historic or archaeological interest.

The Society organises Guided Town Walks around historic Droitwich and presents exhibitions of historic photographs during public events such as the town’s Salt Days and St. Richards Days.

The Full Circle Project is a well managed and technically advanced project. The need to renew old film so that it is compatible with the latest technology is essential if memories from the past are to be retained and records kept of industrial processes and social traditions.

Droitwich Spa High Street. Photo taken by Roy Murphy.

Droitwich Spa and the surrounding countryside are steeped in history. Agricultural processes and traditions have been transformed and in the towns of Worcestershire many historically significant buildings have been demolished in the name of progress. Records of these buildings and processes have been captured in the private films compiled by residents but with the change from film to digital many examples can no longer be viewed. The Full Circle Project is an important means of overcoming this deficiency.

The team at MACE are doing a splendid job in rescuing and resurrecting important evidence of earlier environments. Droitwich History and Archaeology Society is well placed to act as a conduit for the collection and forwarding of film for processing by MACE. We aspire to assembling a comprehensive record of 20th century life within Droitwich and surrounding villages with the help of the Full Circle Project.”

Chairman. Roy Murphy. roy.murphy@virgin.net.

Chateau Impney and grounds. Photo taken by Roy Murphy

The second collection found by Droitwich History & Archaeology Society was the Philip Jackson Collection that his wife Christine Turner kindly deposited with the project. Copies of the footage shot by Philip using his cinefilm camera from the early 1960’s to the late 1970’s will be given to Christine and her family and also eventually be made available to the public via the MACE archive website.

Chateau Impney Interior. Photo taken by Roy Murphy.

Christine Jackson deposits her husband Philip Jackson's cinefilm collection with The Full Circle Project.

 Christine and her family live in the beautiful grounds of the Chateau Impney http://www.chateau-impney.com/ and we hope that some of the footage found in the collection will feature the family enjoying the gardens of the Chateau and life in Worcestershire along with the holidays that they took and family days out.

The Droitwich History & Archaeology Society are looking forward to having the films digitised as part of The  3 year Heritage Lottery Full Circle Project so that they can have a screening of the material found in their Full Circle film search some time early next year.

Thank you to Roy Murphy for the photos and also to members of The Droitwich H & A Society for allowing me to come and talk at your meeting and for giving me a warm welcome. I look forward to seeing what the results of the Full Circle Project’s search for film brings to your area!

Watch this space for more finds during the Full Circle Project’s search for film.

For more information about MACE (The Media Archive for Central England)  contact: 0116 252 5066 or The Full Circle Project, please contact Lucie Kerley: Full Circle Project Curator on 0116 252 5931 04 07919 896 505 or email: lk99@le.ac.uk

The Media Archive for Central England, www.macearchive.org are an independent limited company and a registered charity, is the public sector regional film and video archive for the East and West Midlands.  Based at the University of Leicester we are part of a network of public moving image archives that collectively preserve the UK’s moving image heritage. We are also an integral part of the network of public archives and record offices across the Midlands.

Our aims are to collect, document, preserve, and subsequently provide access to the moving image heritage of the East and West Midlands. In addition we provide an information service to help people who are looking for film as well advice on how to care for moving image materials outside the archive.

Belbroughton History Society promote Full Circle film search at Scarecrow Weekend.


Belbroughton Scarecrow Syn-crow-nized Swimming Team

 

Children check out the Wayne Mooney Scarecrow

On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September, Belbroughton celebrated it’s much loved, annual event – The Scarecrow weekend! Each year the residents of Belbroughton take part in creating a unique, and often humourous Scarecrow.

The festivities draw crowds of people from all over the UK to the quaint, little countryside village. On entering the village you are greeted by a smattering of straw faces dotted in the most inconspiciously, inventive of places.

Visitors flock from all over to Belbroughton Scarecrow Weekend

The visiting Scarecrows are often given a name and offer some fantastic photo opportunities as you take a tour of the village.

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There are lots of things to see and do as the Scarecrow Weekend takes over the whole village.

Holy Trinity Church

This year saw the arrival of a delicious Farmers Market – selling everything from Hog Roast to Jersey Vanilla Icecream with cindertoffee pieces and cupcakes

Delicious Cupcakes!

 

a  Craft Fayre – where local craftmakers could sell their creations,

Craft Fayre

Artist - Graham Wilson

Knitter - Joyce Chetland

Craft Worker - Pat Davies

Wood cutter

a Fun Fayre for children of all ages,

and local Charity fundraising events such as an Open Day with tombola raffle at the Belbroughton Animal Sanctuary.

Visitors at Belbroughton Animal Sanctuary Open Day on Scarecrow Weekend

In the Holy Trinity Church, there were opportunities to try out  Bell ringing and watch wool spinners and other local artisans practice their skills.

Bell-ringing at Holy Trinity Church

Artists from around the area displayed their paintings in various locations throughout the village.

Landscape Artist - Ken Wood

Artist – John Instance

Belbroughton History Society had a stand in the church where members, Sarah & James Bradley,  held an exhibition of their groups large photographic collection. 

Sarah & James Bradley, members of Belbroughton History Society

 It was also an opportunity to  showcase  their recent publications on Belbroughton.

Members of the public Full Circle Screening of Archive film

In order to promote the Belbroughton History Society’s Full Circle film search, also on display was a selection of archive film and information about how members of the community could deposit any of their own homemovies or film that related to the local area.

John Instance tells Full Circle's Belbroughton History Society about his film collection

Artist, John Instance, spoke to Full Circle’s Belbroughton History Society about his 8mm film collection which dates back around 45 years and contains footage of a mounted Police march through Cannon Hill Park. John, was born in Selly Park, Birmingham and worked in the Jewellery Quarter, and then in electronics. He set up business in Bewdley in 1982, an Art gallery called The Old Bank Craft Studio which remained there for 23 years until some unfortunate flooding caused it to close down. John continues to work as an Artist and paints from his home studio, holding exhibitions of his work.

John Harvey, a visitor to Belbroughton’s Scarecrow Weekend, spoke of his own cinefilm collection which contains footage of Bearwood and Warley Woods from around 1986. It was a successful weekend, with a number of people coming forward to discuss personal collections that held footage relating the Belbroughton and the larger West Midlands area.

If you have any film or homemovies relating to Belbroughton or the surrounding area please contact Sarah Bradley, Chair of The Belbroughton History Society by email: belbhistory@btinternet.com 

Belbroughton History Society are the participating Full Circle group for that area. They will be acting as a collection point for footage found in the community.

For more information about The Full Circle Project or on how you can deposit footage relating to the wider Midlands area or to find out details of your nearest participating group, please contact: Full Circle Curator: Lucie Kerley by email: lk99@le.ac.uk or call 0116 252 5931

Photographs courtesy of Lucie Kerley

Another Hidden Gem -The Alison Cinavas Film Collection.


Alison Cinavas with her Father's film collection

The Full Circle project has been given yet another gem of a film collection. This time by Alison Cinavas, whose father filmed family holidays and  other events from the 1960s onwards.

Some of these hidden gems include footage of  the 1960 FA Cup Final – Wolves v. Aston Villa. (Billy Wright who played for Wolves was a minor media personality, and his marriage to Joy Beverley of the Beverley Sisters  was one of the most successful showbiz marriages of its time).

Other highlights include early footage of YHA, Drayton Manor, Belbroughton and camping nr Aberdovey.

This collection on 8mm film is being processed and clips will be available to view on the MACE website in the forthcoming months.

This deposit is part of the Full Circle project.

Please visit our website for more details. http://www.macearchive.org
Kay Ogilvie Senior Curator, Full Circle Telephone: 01629 823495 or Email: kay.ogilvie@tiscali.co.uk

Pat Keeling Leicester Model Agency’s Film Collection arriving in January!


 

The Pat Keeling Leicester Model Agency Collection

Pat Keeling started her modeling career in 1969 when the hosiery industry in Leicester was buoyant and tights had just come into fashion with the launch of the mini skirt.

 Pat says. “At the time Leicester was at its peak in the  hosiery industry and because I had a good pair of legs I ended up on the cover of packs of tights and stockings – Pretty Polly, Elle and Christian Dior”.

Things really took off in 1972 when she became the BBC’s Golden Girl and this opened the door for many radio, TV and personal appearances. Her modeling assignments took her as far afield as Iran and in 1973 she came third in the Miss UK contest. Other titles followed, including Miss Leicester City FC in 1974.


Realising that a model’s life was limited, Pat started her own modeling agency in Leicester in 1977. While still taking on modeling assignments, she now focused on the agency. The agency’s reputation for professionalism and excellence grew.

Highlights of Pat’s collection include Fantastic fashion shows  which were produced for the Leicester Mercury at De Montfort Hall throughout the 80’s and 90’s featuring local Leicester people. The agency choreographed and produced  shows for Next plc, George, Adams Kids, John Lewis, BHS, Mothercare, Tesco, Matalan and The Clothes Show Live, to name but a few. .

Photographic work for models of all ages from babies to pensioners and promotions throughout the UK were and still are everyday business.

MACE are looking forward to receiving this collection in January.

Pat Keeling Model Agency – 38 Northgate Street, Leicester, LE3 5BY. Tel: 0116 262 2540 Fax: 0116 253 7712

http://www.patkeelingagency.co.uk/

Mablethorpe Visions Foundation join Full Circle’s film search and come up trumps!


Open Day Event. Mablethorpe Team & Mayor

One of our East Midlands Full Circle groups, Visions Foundation, have started their film search and found something!

As a result of a fun-filled Open Day at the Boatshed, in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire members of the public were invited to come and speak to the Full Circle representatives. John Gregory, Terry Stowe and the team, which includes George Minkley, Rosy Rich and Peter Early, helped introduced members of the public to the Full Circle project and why the search for home movie footage of the Midlands is important. Following it’s success, the Open Day was advertised in the local newspaper ‘The Leader’ and has since generated a great deal of interest.

Visions Foundation say they are still very excited about the project and look forward to seeing what other material comes their way.

Mablethorpe Visions Foundation Article in The Leader Newspaper

Member of the public, Peter Taylor, has just deposited a large collection of 40 reels of film, with lots of footage on Mablethorpe, Sutton on Sea, Sheffield, Derbyshire and outings by the Caledonian Society.

Visions Mablethorpe collects Peter Taylor film collection

“As time went by it became obvious that in order to achieve the ‘Visions Vision’ to promote community film making, we could no longer continue with the small amount of equipment we had plus our own personal equipment that was failing fast. “

Visions Team Cameraman, George Minkley.

 

Senior Curator Kay Ogilvie explains Full Circle project.

 

“There was also a need to improve the quality of our work as technology advanced. With the help from Lincolnshire Community Champions and the Lincolnshire Community Foundation, in the form of grants we were able to step up a level and become more   proactive in the area and record all our work in High Definition, the standard that is now required. With the additional equipment we now have, we have been able tackle bigger projects and loan out equipment for others to use. But there is still a long way to go to achieve our goal. “

Terry shows equipment hired out to groups to encourage film-making in Mablethorpe

 “The Visions Foundation as it has now become, a far more professional looking organisation and the high standards we set are being maintained. The Foundation is a not for profit organisation and every penny made helps pay the cost.”

Screening of The Will Do's animation at The Boatshed for the Mayor & Mayoress

So if you If you have any film, tape or moving image material, that relates to the Full Circle film search , or have experience in amateur filmmaking or would like to learn, or  even have a project you would like to film or need our help with, why not call in and see Terry Stow & John Gregory at the Boatshed.  Members of the team are available Mondays and Tuesday 10am till 2pm.

The Boatshed. Visions Foundation, Mablethorpe.

The Boatshed
Victoria Road
Mablethorpe
Lincolnshire
LN12 2AJ

Call 01507 473002 /478590

http://www.visions.org.uk/index.php

 Remember, The Visions Foundation’s motto  “Todays Happenings are Tomorrow’s History”.

Home Movies are just so fashionable right now!


MACE and Full Circle are delighted at the level of publicity and exposure The Great British Home Movie Roadshow series, currently being aired on BBC Two, is generating. It truly highlights just how important it is that we find these previously unseen amateur films, home movies and records of British life and ensure that they are preserved for future generations. The Home Movie Roadshow offers a fascinating insight into the important role that Moving Image Materials have played in our lives over the past century.

With funding from the Heritage Lottery the Full Circle project aims to work alongside Local History Societies & Community groups in both East & West Midlands and help them undertake searches for hidden film, tape or video that may be stowed away in their community. So far the project has gathered interest from a number of sources, such as the BBC, Derby QUAD, Dudley Archives & Rural Media, to name but a few,  and has attracted groups from as far a field as Mansel Lacy and Fownhope, Herefordshire in the West Midlands, all the way over to the East coast to places like Woodhall Spa and Mablethorpe, in Lincolnshire. The Full Circle project,  aims to seek out film relating to the screen heritage of the Midlands and  preserve this in order to make this film accessible to members of the community to enjoy for years to come.

Should you have any Midlands related film stowed away in your attic that you wish to discuss, please get in touch with Full Circle Senior Curator: Kay Ogilvie at kay.ogilvie@tiscali.co.uk or 01629 823495

The Media Archive for Central England, also known as MACE, is an independent limited company and registered charity. It is the public sector regional film and video archive for the East and West Midlands.  Based at the University of Leicester we are part of a network of public moving image archives that collectively preserve the UK’s moving image heritage. We are also an integral part of the network of public archives and record offices across the Midlands.

Our aims are to collect, document, preserve, and subsequently provide access to the moving image heritage of the East and West Midlands. In addition we provide an information service to help people who are looking for film as well advice on how to care for moving image materials outside the archive.

“For a 100 years the British have filmed their own lives on their own cameras. What four generations have shot shows a totally different story to all the official film. It’s buried treasure, lying unseen, forgotten in thousands of attics and top draws. A priceless archive that must be saved. This is a 100 years of Britain’s Home Movies.” Excerpt from the BBC Two Home Movie Roadshow.

If  you want to hear more about the program or you have missed an episode, you can catch up and watch online using the BBC iPlayer here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00tc4qn

The next episode of the Home Movie Roadshow is on tomorrow, Friday, 20th August at  21:00 on BBC Two.

Episode 3

3/5. In Falmouth the team see a unique record of National Service in the 50s.